Bed, Breakfast & Beyond: Twenty Years of Kooky Guests, Gentle Ghosts, and Horses in Between

Bed, Breakfast & Beyond: Twenty Years of Kooky Guests, Gentle Ghosts, and Horses in Between

by JoAnn S. Dawson

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From the award winning author of the Lucky Foot Stable series, a memoir for all those who have ever dreamed of operating a B&B. This book will set you straight! BED, BREAKFAST & BEYOND is set at Fairwinds Farm, a 52 acre riding stable nestled in Maryland horse country. In September of 1998, Ted and JoAnn Dawson purchased the property to fulfill their lifelong dream of owning a bed & breakfast. Little did they know what they were getting themselves into! Restoring a filthy, dilapidated, nearly condemned Victorian house to a charming and welcoming country inn while raising two rowdy young boys was only the first of their challenges. Dealing with shady former owners, a string of ghostly events, and a wide variety of colorful guests opened their eyes to a whole new world. With the fortitude and life lessons born of years on a dairy farm, the rare good fortune of choosing the perfect partner in life, and a boatload of humor thrown in to preserve their sanity, they have managed to keep Fairwinds Farm B&B running for nearly twenty years, fifteen years longer than the average B&B in the U.S. JoAnn S. Dawson is an author, actress, college professor, and animal wrangler for film and TV when she has time away from the B&B. Her Lucky Foot Stable series has won numerous awards and she visits schools with her pony Butterscotch to promote reading and writing whenever she can.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781543900187
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 05/15/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 244
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

JoAnn S. Dawson JoAnn Dawson has been a full time stable owner since 1983. She and her husband Ted currently own and operate Fairwinds Farm & Stables in North East, MD, offering riding lessons, summer camp, trail rides, horse-drawn carriages, pony rides, hayrides, birthday parties, fresh produce, weddings on the farm, and a bed & breakfast. (www.fairwindsstables.com.) Fairwinds Farm has been named a 2015 Horse Discovery Center, 2011 Cecil County Tourism Business of the Year and 2009 Outstanding Farm Operation, and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and on Good Morning America. JoAnn works as an animal wrangler for film and TV, and as a Screen Actors Guild member has held principal acting roles in The Sixth Sense, 12 Monkeys, and Oprah Winfrey's Beloved. She is the author of the award-winning Lucky Foot Stable series for ages 8-12 and appears at schools and book signings with her pony, Butterscotch. She is an appointee to the MD Equine Advisory Committee, a MD Farm Bureau member, a LEAD Maryland fellow, a board member of Cecil County EDC and Tourism Committee, and a 4-h leader, and gives inspirational speeches to middle and high school groups. JoAnn is the mother of two sons, Zach and Nick, and teaches both Equine Science and Acting Methods at Cecil College in North East. JoAnn S. Dawson JoAnn Dawson has been a full time stable owner since 1983. She and her husband Ted currently own and operate Fairwinds Farm & Stables in North East, MD, offering riding lessons, summer camp, trail rides, horse-drawn carriages, pony rides, hayrides, birthday parties, fresh produce, weddings on the farm, and a bed & breakfast. (www.fairwindsstables.com.) Fairwinds Farm has been named a 2015 Horse Discovery Center, 2011 Cecil County Tourism Business of the Year and 2009 Outstanding Farm Operation, and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and on Good Morning America. JoAnn works as an animal wrangler for film and TV, and as a Screen Actors Guild member has held principal acting roles in The Sixth Sense, 12 Monkeys, and Oprah Winfrey's Beloved. She is the author of the award-winning Lucky Foot Stable series for ages 8-12 and appears at schools and book signings with her pony, Butterscotch. She is an appointee to the MD Equine Advisory Committee, a MD Farm Bureau member, a LEAD Maryland fellow, a board member of Cecil County EDC and Tourism Committee, and a 4-h leader, and gives inspirational speeches to middle and high school groups. JoAnn is the mother of two sons, Zach and Nick, and teaches both Equine Science and Acting Methods at Cecil College in North East. JoAnn S. Dawson JoAnn Dawson has been a full time stable owner since 1983. She and her husband Ted currently own and operate Fairwinds Farm & Stables in North East, MD, offering riding lessons, summer camp, trail rides, horse-drawn carriages, pony rides, hayrides, birthday parties, fresh produce, weddings on the farm, and a bed & breakfast. (www.fairwindsstables.com.) Fairwinds Farm has been named a 2015 Horse Discovery Center, 2011 Cecil County Tourism Business of the Year and 2009 Outstanding Farm Operation, and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and on Good Morning America. JoAnn works as an animal wrangler for film and TV, and as a Screen Actors Guild member has held principal acting roles in The Sixth Sense, 12 Monkeys, and Oprah Winfrey's Beloved. She is the author of the award-winning Lucky Foot Stable series for ages 8-12 and appears at schools and book signings with her pony, Butterscotch. She is an appointee to the MD Equine Advisory Committee, a MD Farm Bureau member, a LEAD Maryland fellow, a board member of Cecil County EDC and Tourism Committee, and a 4-h leader, and gives inspirational speeches to middle and high school groups. JoAnn is the mother of two sons, Zach and Nick, and teaches both Equine Science and Acting Methods at Cecil College in North East.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Sure Thing? 5

Chapter 2 The Fixer-Uppa 10

Chapter 3 Laying the Foundation 13

Chapter 4 Giving It a Shot 18

Chapter 5 The School of Hard Knocks 23

Chapter 6 The Accident 29

Chapter 7 Clinching the Deal 32

Chapter 8 Illegal Tampering 36

Chapter 9 The Place Is Ours 39

Chapter 10 The Dastardly Mr. M. 43

Chapter 11 Ghosts of Fairwinds Past 47

Chapter 12 Lily: Plumber's Helper 55

Chapter 13 Surprise Help 61

Chapter 14 Chickens in the Henhouse 64

Chapter 15 Shaping Things Up 70

Chapter 16 Making a House a Home 74

Chapter 17 Disaster Averted 79

Chapter 18 The Wagners 84

Chapter 19 Raising the Ring 87

Chapter 20 The Schwartzes 92

Chapter 21 Christmas Deferred 98

Chapter 22 Market Times 103

Chapter 23 Horses Out! 107

Chapter 24 City Slickers 116

Chapter 25 Kvetch, Kvetch, Kvetch 121

Chapter 26 You Just Never Know 131

Chapter 27 Lovers and Other Strangers 144

Chapter 28 A Comedy of Errors 154

Chapter 29 Tornadoes and Emus and Peacocks, Oh My! 161

Chapter 30 Screech 169

Chapter 31 Screech's New Home 178

Chapter 32 A Friend for Screech 183

Chapter 33 Carole 188

Chapter 34 Denise 202

Chapter 35 In My Absence 207

Chapter 36 Angel Unaware 213

Chapter 37 Good-bye, Screech and Chong 217

Chapter 38 The Intruder 221

Chapter 39 It's All Good 231

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Bed, Breakfast & Beyond: Twenty Years of Kooky Guests, Gentle Ghosts, And Horses in Between 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Bed, Breakfast & Beyond is a nonfiction memoir written by Jo Ann S. Dawson. For the first twenty years of their marriage, Jo Ann and Ted dreamed of opening a bed and breakfast. They started out their married life living in a trailer on her parents’ farm where they helped with milking the cows and established a small horse business. Then, three years later, they were selected to operate a county-run equestrian park that accommodated sixty horses. A small house was provided for them on the county property, which was perfect for them, but not nearly what could be turned into a functioning bed and breakfast. Their dream started taking shape with the news that the county administration had changed hands, and they would have to leave. They had managed to save enough to finally start hunting for the right property, but that perfect location remained frustratingly elusive until Jo Ann overheard something at an auction she was attending. It was a farm named Fairwinds, one she had actually visited years before, when she transported her clients’ horses to a show being held there. Now all Jo Ann had to do was sell Ted on the idea of leaving Delaware and moving to Maryland -- and convince him that the fixer-upper had promise. Jo Ann S. Dawson’s Bed, Breakfast & Beyond will delight anyone who’s ever entertained the notion of opening a bed and breakfast. Dawson’s account shares the frustrations and hard work that went into transforming a run-down Victorian house into a respectable bed and breakfast, complete with resident ghost(s). Fairwinds sounds like it would be the perfect bed and breakfast experience, especially for horse people or those who want to learn about horses. I loved reading about her interactions with guests, both the marvelous and infuriating ones, and enjoyed every minute I spent reading this beautifully written and often humorous account of life as the proprietor of a bed and breakfast. While many former owners of B&Bs are ready to share their worst horror stories, Dawson’s account illustrates just how satisfying a life’s work it could be -- if you have the right temperament, endless energy and a lot of patience. Bed, Breakfast & Beyond is a fabulous read; it’s most highly recommended.